Salzburg Travel Guide

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Salzburg Things to Do

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, Hohensalzburg Fortress is noted as not only having never been conquered but also as the largest intact fully preserved fortress in Central Europe. A funicular dating back to 1892 whisks visitors up for a tour of the prince's medieval apartments as well as the view and hint of its vantage point that made it...

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  • Mozart's House

    3 out of 5 stars

    Noted for many things, Salzburg is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of Mozart and hence there is a lot of tourism hinged on the renowned composer's life. Perhaps more so than it should be if you consider the wealth of incredible architecture in the city, the house where he was born is one of the city's top attractions. Located at Getreidegasse...

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  • Mirabell Garden & Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When the weather permits you should go for a walk through the Mirabell Garden and maybe have a look at the Castle too. The Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg had these gardens and the castle especially designed for his mistress. Gardens that once suited the exquisite taste of the P-A's mistress should certainly be to the liking of humble tourists such...

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Salzburg Restaurants

  • Traditional/Local Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One way to save money when traveling around German speaking countries is to eat in butcher shops or Metzgerei in German. It is a great way to try local foods and do it cheaply too. It can be foreboding if you don't speak any German but everything is on display so you can always point if no one speaks English. Don't worry about the prices either....

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  • Beer Halls & Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Augustiner Bräustübl Tavern in Mülln is a sight in itself and certainly worth the pilgrimage up the hill to visit it. Dating back to 1621, it is an historical as well as culinary stop on the beer aficionado's travels. The atmospheric vaulted beer hall is rich in tradition and sitting in its boisterous setting is an experience in itself. The...

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  • Indian

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Best Indian restaurant in Salzburg.Among the best Indian food I've had outside India. The food is authentic Indian. Every item we ordered tasted amazing and genuine, unlike a lot of other restaurants. The location is a bit away from the town centre where all the tourists seemed to be eating, but this is definitely worth the extra walk. Highly...

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Salzburg Nightlife

  • Irish Pub

    We went to Murphy's Law when we just needed to speak English. It was definitely still different than home, but in the middle of a six week German course, it still had a bit of familiarity. The bartender's are talkative and nice but remember Guinness should NOT be mixed! No black and tans or the likes. They also may tell you not to speak German. The...

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  • Along the River

    Salzburg, Austria. The strip of bars leaves nothing to be desired. The drinks were fairly priced, the company was great, and everyone I met really seemed to like to chat about america and what you've done on your trip. Dress Tip: Europeans don't wear tennis shoes unless playing a sport, so find yourself a good pair of leathers to wear (That's what...

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  • Musical Entertainment

    We (DEB's family) ate an early dinner at the hotel (fabulous) and went to the Marionette show (A Midsummer's Night Dream). Our son has heard the story before, and we could all follow the plot even though the words were in German. The puppets were amazing. When I (BB) was here with our grandmother, I wrote to my tp my mother that the marionette...

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Salzburg Transportation

  • To/Around

    This would be the english website of the public transport of the region Salzburg: www.svv-info.at/en/home There is as well a section where it says "cross-border travel" and this gives you the result, that You CAN indeed buy a pass which is also valid for Upper Austria: www.svv-info.at/en/tickets-and-fares/cross-border-travel/ I would simply write...

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  • Trains

    Though I grew up in America where the car is king, now that I live in Europe I have learned that the train is often a lot easier and even more economical. Also, visiting breweries and getting behind the wheel is not only dangerous but in Germany, downright stupid. With great train connections and the Bavaria Ticket special, you can't go wrong....

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  • Getting to Salzburg

    Salzburg is connected by rail to a number of European cities like Venice, Munich, Zurich and Budapest. The train services are frequent and efficient. The Austrian rail network is excellent and you will find there are several connections to travel to Salzburg from other Austrian towns. From Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station at Salzburg you can...

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Salzburg Shopping

  • Mozart Chocolate

    Mozartkugeln are small chocolate and pistachio marzipan balls originally made in Salzburg in 1890 by the Furst company. Today Salzburg is awash with variants of the original and they make for a nice gift for family or friends on your return home.

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  • The Chirstmas Store

    The shop was absolutely gorgeous and sold thousands upon thousands of decorated Christmas eggs. I hand carried six home from Austria to Florida and wish I had carried sixty home. Each egg is unique and the colors and variety were very beautiful.

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  • getriedegasse (street)

    Getriedegasse is Salzburg's main street and is a pedestrian only street for much of its length. It's known for the custom held over from the middle ages of displaying signs on the outside of the shop that are descriptive of what the shop does. This was to aid the non-literate.

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Salzburg Local Customs

  • The Austrian People

    In Salzburg the people are very polite and all the people that I met spoke English (although some fluently, others only a bit). However, I think that when visiting another country you should try a few words in their language. So here are some basics in German: Hello/Hi - Guten Tag/Hallo Goodbye/Bye - Auf Widersehen/Tschuss Good Morning - Guten...

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  • Desserts

    During a visit to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I took the opportunity to purchase pieces of Original Sachertorte from the cake shop adjoined to the city's Hotel Sacher. This internationally famous chocolate cake is only produced in Vienna (from where it first originated) and in Salzburg, so it was too good an opportunity to...

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  • Dining

    While on the train from Munich to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I found ourselves sitting across from a lady from Salzburg. Upon hearing that it was our first visit to Salzburg, she insisted that we must try the local speciality - Salzburger Nockerl. She explained that it was a dessert made from whisked egg yolks, flour and sugar...

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Salzburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving

    Thanks to Virtual Tourist we were fore warned about the Police. We got pulled on a late Sunday afternoon for a routine check, namely to check that we'd got the Vingette on our screen. You can purchase these easily on the border and in some garages, but whatever you do don't go to Austria without one - Euros 7 for 10 days. After checking our...

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  • really safe

    Although Salzburg IS a very safe city that you can feel safe walking around in anytime, I had a habit of being approached by beggars. Outside the Mozart Residence I was approached for money by a man and when I was returning from the Old City and the pedestrian bridge across the street from the Mozart Residence, I was approached by another beggar. I...

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  • Protect yourself

    Werfen Ice Caves, Nr. Salzburg - Ok these might be spectacular, but lets put reality into them. They are approx 5628 ft up a cliff face. From what I can remember the peak of the Jungfrau in Switzerland is approx 3120 ft. and you feel dizzy at that level, having reached it by cog railway due to the altitude. You park and then have a 20 minute walk...

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Salzburg Tourist Traps

  • The Sound of Music Tour

    I did a Panorama Sound of Music tour not because of any interest in the film (I've never even seen it, though I've heard the songs, of course), but because I was in Salzburg for less than a day and it seemed a convenient way of seeing some of the sights of the city and the surrounding countryside. It worked well. Someone came to the hotel as...

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  • Mozart

    Sure enough, I found myself back in Salzburg with my new bride on our honeymoon. I always knew I'd be back, and this was a truly special trip. My wife is Swedish, and has traveled in Europe a lot. We felt like doing something "touristy" for once, and had dinner at the Mozart Dinner Concert. Relax, enjoy your evening. The food is no good (and that,...

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  • Mozartkugel

    More than 200 years after his death, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues to be a very popular fellow in Salzburg. You will find many establishments and products bearing his name and you will see images of his face peering out at you from many a shop window. It seems that there is still plenty of money to be made off the back of Salzburg's...

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Salzburg What to Pack

  • Clothes

    Definitely pack warm. We were there in mid September and I don't think we ever slid out of our jackets. I will admit we are sun loving Australians but it was cold and overcast most of the time. We didn't experience rain but I would say judging by the gorgeous gardens it is a regular occurence. Of course pack a camera although there are some...

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  • rain coat or umbrella

    A small waste bag for carrying maps and money Small travel umbrella or two Pack your bags as light as possible and then fill the remaining space with toilet paper. Chances are your home toilet paper is nicer than the one on the road. Black and white film.

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  • Bring your camera!

    Though wheeled luggage has taken over, I still find a backpack is more handy, especially when trying to make train connections. Steps are more easily taken sans wheels and you will find there are many times when there just isn't an elevator or the escalator is only going in the opposite direction from the way you're trying to go! Comfortable shoes...

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Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking & hiking

    It is safe to say that most people confine themselves to the old city centre when traveling to Salzbrug. The is, after all, where the funicular to the Festung is as well as the Dom (main Cathedral) and Mozart's birthplace. But if you travel across the bridge into the pedestrian area and stay to the right until there is an opening you will find the...

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  • Königssee

    The Königsee is one of the nicest lakes in the area, if the weather is nice take a boat to St. Bartholomä (it is not posible to walk there), a beautiful baroque chapel or to Salet (not in winter) from where you can walk to the Obersee. And take care the weather can change very fast, when i was there last the weather was great but i had to wait 30...

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  • The Beer experience

    If you are at all interested in Beer and how its made get yourself along to the Steigl Brauwelt Brewery. Its near the centre of Salzburg - just catch the no.1 Line bus and get out at the Brauhausstrasse stop. Ask the bus driver to let you know which one it is- ours was very helpful.When you get off carefully cross the road- its on a bad bend - and...

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Salzburg Sports & Outdoors

  • EXTREME SPORTS

    There are several companies offering different kinds of extreme sport in Salzburg. We went rafting with a company called "Crocodile Sports". We were picked up by a van at our hostel before driving about 1 1/2 hour to reach our starting point. We had never done rafting before, and it was so much fun! The guide spoke very well English, and we learned...

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  • Iceskating

    Salzburg sets up an ice rink at the Residenzplatz. So get to it and put those skates on. You can rent them right there for a reasonable 10 Euros. Rent your Ice skates if you don't have your own with you.

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  • Horse Riding

    In Salzburg there are few facilities for horse riding. The best I know is about 10 km north from Salzburg in Seekirchen (Lake Wallersee). It is a wonderful horse-ranch with many nice horses, you can take a course or a ride outside. The prices are ca. 10 €. The Equipment is provided.

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  • Travel tips and assistance

    As with all these tourist cards, you need to do your homework to see if it's viable to buy or not. I did this, and for us it was, so we bought ours from our Pension, and began using it straight away, as we caught a Bus into the city centre. The Salzburg Card provides free admission to all the sights in the City of Mozart, free use of the public...

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  • Sightseeing by foot

    The three top things for me in Salzburg are: 1) getting up high to see the town with its stunning backdrop, 2) the Dome's equally stunning interior and 3) the Augustiner Bräustüberl. With the major excursion to Italy behind us, we took a few days to explore Munich and lay out the plans of our final day trips in the region. I thought the pace had...

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  • Mirabell gardens

    We were three blocks from Mirabell Gardens and walked by them a half a dozen times without realizing what it was. On our last day, we discovered them about 20 minutes before our bus was to leave for a tour we took to Berchdesgaden. We only got to spend about 10 minutes in the Gardens, and it was raining, but it was still beautiful.

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